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  • Writer's pictureLavanya Narayanan

Crafting A Winning Examination Strategy for the MRCP Part 1

The MRCP Part 1 Exam is an essential assessment for physicians entering postgraduate training. It tests their knowledge and understanding of common and significant disorders, UK national guidelines, and clinical science. If you are intending to sit for the MRCP Part 1 exam, it is essential to have a strategic approach to your preparation to ensure success.

Here are some tips for learners on how to strategize their approach to the MRCP Part 1 exam👇

  1. Stay updated with the latest developments

There are several strategies that you can use to prepare for the MRCP(UK) Part 1 exam:

Understand the exam content & format

Format: The MRCP Part 1 exam is a one-day assessment consisting of two three-hour papers, with 100 multiple-choice (best of five) questions per paper.

Familiarize yourself with the topics that are covered on the exam and the format in which the questions are presented. This will help you to focus on your studies and understand what to expect on exam day.

Check out MEDIT's Study Kit to help you understand the scope of learning for this exam.

Make a study plan

"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail"

Preparing for the MRCP Part 1 exam requires a significant amount of time and effort. It is essential to make a study plan that covers all the topics and provides ample time for revision. The study plan should also consider your strengths and weaknesses and focus on areas that require more attention.

Having a good approach is essential to ensure a high chance of passing on the first attempt. It is best to have a mastery of each topic covered in the scope of learning before attempting questions in the question banks.

Use study materials & resources

There is a wide range of study materials and resources available for the MRCP(UK) Part 1 exam, including textbooks, and online courses - Check out (CME Academy) and practice questions offered by other examination banks such as Pastest and Onexamination for effective preparation. Use these resources to review the material and practice answering exam-style questions.

Join study groups

Consider joining a study group or finding a study partner to review the material with. This can be a helpful way to stay motivated and learn from others who are preparing for the exam. Courses offered by MEDIT provide you with a platform to learn together with other learners across countries and regions through a communication platform.

Study groups also provide a platform for sharing knowledge, discussing challenging topics, and getting feedback. Telegram and Facebook have many study groups and communities that learners can join to facilitate discussion and sharing.

Take practice exams

Practice exams can be a valuable tool for preparing for the MRCP(UK) Part 1 exam. They can help you to identify any areas of weakness and assess your readiness for the exam. CME Academy provides you not only a knowledge check after each topic but also examination trial papers to ensure mastery of the topic.

Stay updated with the latest development

The MRCP Part 1 exam tests your knowledge of current guidelines and recent developments in medicine. It is essential to stay updated with the latest developments and guidelines by reading relevant journals and attending conferences. Websites such as The British Medical Journal and the Royal College of Physicians provide up-to-date information and resources that can help learners stay updated.


By following these strategies and making a consistent effort to study and review the material, you can increase your chances of success on the MRCP(UK) Part 1 exam!


Now, let's have a look at the timeline of preparation:

6 - 8 months before the examination date
  • Pre-contemplation ends up in contemplation of sitting for the exams as part of the initial steps of progressing in your training

  • Begin familiarising yourself with the MRCP Study Kit or the syllabus that is covered in the examination.

4 - 6 months before the examination date
  • Begin your subscription to CME Academy MRCP Part 1 Bundle and start learning

  • Spend at least 1 hour a day going through each topic in the bundle followed by the knowledge check sections

  • Make your own notes (in digital or manual forms) that you will be referring to once again

  • Ensure you cover all the topics to aid your learning later

2 - 4 months before the examination date
  • Subscribe to a question bank to increase your practice

  • Build upon your notes on the existing notes you created before

  • Keep the momentum going for each topic - spending at least 1 - 2 hours daily or at least 14 hours every week on preparation

1 - 2 months before the examination date

🔅Question bank analysis

🔅Past year recall questions

🔅Clarification of concepts that are challenging

2 - 4 weeks before the examination date
  • Daily timed tests or exams for practice (aim to complete at least 2 sets a day)

  • Revise weak areas of learning


The MRCP Part 1 exam requires a strategic approach to prepare effectively. Understanding the exam format, making a study plan, using practice questions and mock exams, staying updated with the latest developments, and joining study groups can help YOU prepare for the exam successfully.


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